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As teams gear up for their opportunity to win the 2014-15 Stanley Cup championship, there is another NHL competition that promises to draw considerable interest. While it's always ...(full article)

Most teams already got their media days out of the way and teams are actually hitting the ice for the first organized practices of the season. For six organizations, the teams wi...(full article)

If anyone other than Bruce Boudreau was coaching the Anaheim Ducks, Teemu Selanne believes he would be reporting for training camp with his former teammates on Thursday morning a...(full article)

In 1962, the Jerry West-led Los Angeles Lakers went the distance in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics before losing Game 7 in overtime. While the Celtics walked away with...(full article)

An epic comeback akin to what Roger Federer pulled off against Gael Monfils this past Thursday is often the catalyst for continued success, but things went south for Federer as h...(full article)

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